The Utilities Regulatory Authority (URA) of Vanuatu was established on 11 February 2008 under the Utilities Regulatory Act No. 11 of 2007.

URA is an initiative of the Vanuatu Government, with additional financial support from AusAID through the Governance for Growth (GfG) Program in cooperation with the World Bank.

The URA Act establishes the URA as an independent body acting as a mediator between the Government and Public Utilities.

A Commission comprising three people makes the decisions:



Mr. Jean Roy Chaniel

Part-time Executive Commissioner

Mr. Lloyd M Fikiasi

Chief Executive Officer




  Part-time Executive Commissioner - John OBED ALILEE

Mr. John OBED was appointed to the position of Part-Time Executive Commissioner on 1 August 2014. He is the Registrar of the Supreme Court since 2002 and Secretary of the Judicial Service Commission since 2003. Prior to that, Mr Obed worked as the Lay Magistrate in both Judicial and Administrative roles.

Before joining the Vanuatu courts, he was in the teaching arena as Principal of Matevulu College from 1998 to 2000.

Mr OBED has a Master of Business Administration, a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of the South Pacific. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Wellington University of Victoria in New Zealand. He is a member of several committees in the country and the Government of Vanuatu. Mr OBED was appointed as part of statutory recruitment for a Regulator for the Office of Telecommunication and Radiocommunications Regulator in 2013 and recruitment for Director General of the Public Services Commission in 2011.

He is a trained Judicial Educator and has a Mediator Certificate by LEADR, Australia.






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